Canine Influenza Virus

Recently, you may have heard about increased cases of Canine Influenza virus. Does your dog socialize at the dog park or visit boarding and grooming facilities? Influenza viruses are most likely to infect dogs that interact with other dogs.

Many veterinary, grooming and boarding facilities are now requiring dogs to be vaccinated against it. The influenza virus can be directly spread from one animal to another via nose-to-nose contact. It can also be acquired through breathing droplets of infected patients or from contacting an infected surface. The onset of clinical signs is quite rapid, and usually occurs in the first few days following infection.

To help keep your dogs protected, we will now be carrying the Canine Influenza Bivalent vaccine. The vaccine is done in a series of 2 vaccines, boosted 3-4 weeks apart. After the second vaccine, it is recommended to be done on a yearly basis.

Please call us for more information and to schedule your dog’s appointment